Sir Robin Wales demands East London river crossings must be prioritised


Following the announcement by the Garden Bridge Trust that their plans for a pedestrian crossing between Temple and the South Bank have been abandoned, Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham is calling on the Greater London Authority to deliver a much needed package of river crossings in east London.

He said:
​“Sometimes in politics you have to make tough, contentious decisions. Sadiq Khan was right to pull support for the Garden Bridge because it has been an unwelcome distraction from the more pressing need for investment in additional river crossings east of Tower Bridge.

“It is absurd that £50million has been wasted by this Conservative government on a vanity project in a part of London which already has a roaring business and tourist trade.”

He added “Large employers and international investors have made their intentions clear that they want to move to east London to take advantage of the cheaper real estate and the burgeoning tourist trade arising around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”